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IMCA taking part in two important events in China

Published on 2 September 2014

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will take part in two important events in China this autumn – Oceanology International China 2014 (OI China 2014) and China International Diving, Salvage & Offshore Summit-2014 (DSOS-2014).

The association is an official supporter of both events, and is also fielding speakers. Nick Hough, Technical Adviser, Offshore Survey and Safety will speak at OI China 2014 in September, and Technical Director, Jane Bugler will deliver a keynote address at the China International DSOS-2014 in October – her colleague Peter Sieniewicz will speak at the same event.

IMCA is the international trade association representing companies and organisations engaged in delivering offshore, marine and underwater solutions. With some 970 member companies in over 60 countries, its core purpose is improving performance in the marine contracting industry by championing better regulation and enhancing operational integrity.

“We are seeing an increasing number of members from China joining the association and these two events provide us with a marvellous opportunity for meeting representatives from those organisations, and from other organisations that could benefit from membership and use of our guidance which is designed to improve both safety and cost effective operations,” explains Jane Bugler.

IMCA at Oceanology International China 2014
IMCA’s Technical Adviser Offshore Survey and Safety, Nick Hough will chair the Offshore Survey, Geophysics and Geotechnics conference session on 3 September and give a technical overview ‘The IMCA Offshore Survey Division Management Committee – A Brief Work Programme Update’ at OI China 2014 (INTEX, Shanghai 3-5 September).

He explains:”My presentation is intended as a technical update and overview of the Offshore Survey Division work programme, particularly with reference to underwater positioning and metrology and how IMCA can be of benefit and use to Chinese contractors.

“I will focus briefly on some of the salient points within IMCA’s published guidance on these subjects, outline some forthcoming documents to be published in the coming year, and encourage feedback on the focus of the Offshore Survey division. I am looking forward to some searching and stimulating questions and discussion.”

IMCA at China International Diving, Salvage & Offshore Summit-2014
Jane Bugler, IMCA’s long-serving Technical Director, will deliver a keynote address ‘An introduction to IMCA and its Diving Guidelines’ at DSOS-2014. With its theme ‘Technology Innovation for Deep Blue’; and Technical Adviser Peter Sieniewicz will be presenting on the IMCA International Code of Practice on Diving. The event is being held 16-18 October at the Dalian International Conference Centre.

“We have visited China several times and have found great interest in our diving guidance, which is used throughout the industry,” she explains.”The IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving provides guidance for safe diving operations, and is particularly useful in countries with no national regulations. We have also developed a code of practice on diving equipment examination, testing and certification and accompanying audit templates, which together help clients and contractors implement dive system assurance programmes.

“Other IMCA diving documents support these codes and include the safety-critical aspects of a variety of diving situations, covering the procedures and equipment required as well as guidance on diving personnel, medicals, competence and training.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting many experts involved in all aspects of diving and offshore work at DSOS-2014.”